- The pericardial sac was normal. The heart weighed 270g.
- The chambers appeared normal on inspection and slicing, with no thrombus or plaque changes. Mild senile calcification of the aortic valve was present; the other valves were normal.
- The aorta showed mild atheromatous disease with sparing of the renal arteries. Both common carotids showed mild atheroma.
- The venous system appeared normal.
- All three coronary arteries showed atheromatous disease with a maximum of 30% stenosis (see image), there are numerous yellow areas in the lumen of the coronary artery. These are raised fibrolipid plaques, which contain macrophages, free lipid, and deposits of collagen. for more information on atheroma formation, click here